And bossing me around a bit as well…
I’ve been busy of late helping Mrs. Woodshedder with her home business. I know what you are thinking…It is not the usual “home business” many wives seem to gravitate towards like the Pampered Chef and Thirty-One, where they drive all over Hell’s half-acre to make direct sales and bring back 20%, minus gas, time, and whatever shit they decide to buy with their meager cut. This is one that she has built herself, from the ground up.
Rabid iBC fans and the subset thereof that read my blog may remember this post from almost a year ago: Real Men Know How to Sew. Mrs. Woodshedder has made that commercial/industrial model her bitch and has leveraged its capability so that it has returned many times her initial investment. The only downside is that I’ve become a part-time sewing machine tech/repairman.
And now the business has grown so much that she will likely quit her part-time job in January so that she can run her home business full-time. And if it keeps growing like it has over the past couple of years, I do not believe it will be confined to the home for much longer. This month she has sold more than ever before.
So I’ve spent the past week helping her make this thing legitimate, meeting with accountants, finalizing the business entity, exploring small business loans, and researching new, hi-tech machines to purchase before year-end. Then hurricane Sandy came through and I spent a couple of days procuring a generator and supplies so that she could continue running the business even if we lost power for a few days.
There is definitely a sublime sense of satisfaction that is derived from building one’s own business from the ground up, but there is also a steep learning curve. The learning curve may not be what most imagine, such as learning how to sew, or identifying fashion trends, or using blogs and the interwebs to build the business. The most challenging part for Mrs. Woodshedder has not been the stress and the 70-80 hour weeks from building the business as much as it has been learning how to navigate the various taxes and fees. While she has always paid attention to politics, she has been engaged like never before in the upcoming election because she has realized the amount that government costs small businesses like her own.
With most of these details about wrapped up, she should be ready to take this thing to the next level…I’m hoping that means less involvement for yours truly. The new machines she is researching are more hi-tech and less sweat-shop than her last investment. For me that means fewer hours in the sweat-shop as repairman and more hours spent blogging and researching. Perhaps she’ll start giving me evenings off again. I hope so as it is about time to wipe the dust off this blog and get back at it…